Motorbike hire in Sri Lanka

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Rent motorbikes (scooters) in Sri Lanka is fairly common, but finding such a service is possible only in the most popular tourist areas on the coast. In the center of the country to rent a bike very difficult.

Find rolling office in a tourist place is not difficult: you can ask at the hotel or just walk down the street and look for signs or exhibited motorcycles with a sign "Motorbike for rent" or "Bike for rent".

Мотоцикл на пляже в Шри-Ланке

The rental price starts from 1200 rupees (487.28 RUB, refer to the currency of Sri Lanka, the exchange rate). With the high price should bargain. Also be sure to ask for a discount if you take the bike for a few days: the longer the period the bigger the discount. Rental includes unlimited mileage and helmets. Not always rent for a day in Sri Lanka means a day many companies mean the rent on the day that is 1 day, ie, you take the bike in the morning and return it in the evening at a set time. If you rent for multiple days you use the bike all day.

Minimum rental price varies in different cities/resorts. Here are the minimum prices at different resorts, we found by may of 2019:

  • Negombo – 1500 rupees
  • Trincomalee – 1200
  • Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Bentota – 1200
  • Jaffna – 1500 rupees
  • Nuwara Eliya – 1500
  • Ella – 1200

As collateral require a passport plus sometimes cash 100-300 dollars. If you rent a motorbike at the hotel or the Guesthouse, where you live, then you can do without any collateral. Sometimes it is a written contract, and in some cases you just give your passport and take the bike back, it all depends on the rental company. And Ella and Trincomalee, for example, we rented a MOTOBIKE in General without any documents: distributors haven't even looked at the passport and just asked the name of the hotel and gave the keys.

Sometimes you can even find motorcycles with a contract stipulating the insurance, but it is very rare. In this case, it is a serious contract, which States your share of responsibility. Usually it provides that all minor damage costing up to $ 200 you pay yourself, and the rest - the insurance company.

With regard to driving licences, while officially Sri Lanka and does not recognize international and national driving licences of the new sample, the police are condescending. If you have an international and open category "A", you are in the helmet and never broke the rules, problems with the police most likely will not have that checked the authors site several times in practice. Just be confident, and provide all the necessary documents and smile. Be sure to indicate to police that you have rights, bearing category "a". What is a international driving permit and how to obtain it , see here...

Even if the police do not settle for this, the problem is solved on the spot small "fine". In addition to the motorcycle must be insured (Insurance) and proof of payment of taxes (Taxes) which you have to give the owner of the motorcycle. If these documents do not prove, the problem will be not only the owner, but you. Usually these documents are kept in a motorcycle in the glove box under the seat.

If you want to drive a motorcycle legally, you've got some challenges. As already mentioned above, Sri Lanka does not recognize any law but their own national (which, by the way, look exactly the same as our new plastic, i.e. in compliance with the Vienna Convention on road traffic). But for foreigners there are two options:

  • On the basis of your international rights (in the form of a booklet) to obtain the so-called endorsement to the automobile Association of Sri Lanka (Endorsement by the Automobile Association (AA)). This document can be issued independently to Colombo.
  • Another option is to obtain a temporary permit Temporary Sri Lankan Driving License for a period of 30 days on the basis of national/u (this is our plastic or old law) and certified translation. This procedure will have to be done independently in Colombo.
Прокат мотоциклов на Шри-Ланке

Before renting, check the bike, and take pictures of all damage in case of a possible "divorce" with the return of equipment. During use do not leave the helmets unattended, as even old "dead" helmets here manage to steal (if you steal, then a new helmet you can buy in the shop for 500-700 rupees). Better use paid Parking and locks because of theft of motorcycles happen here.

Seasoned motorcycle 92-m gasoline. Local refills are exactly the same as we do, only they don't samoobsluzhivanie, and payment is made directly at the gas station. Just drive up to the gas station to get gas, you say how much you need liters of gasoline (the most popular rental scooters machines includes 3-4 liters) or full (full), and the supplier will do everything himself. If you do not know to which column drive to the gas station, drove up to the one where there are other motorcycles in the line or approach the tanker, which you will call.

How much to pay for gasoline fuelled, is displayed on the column. The cost of gasoline throughout Sri Lanka fixed for 92 gasoline in 2019 132 rupees for 1 liter (53.6 rubles).

Attention! Sometimes tankers cheating with the tourists. They do not reset the counter on the column to 0 after a previous filling and topped up with petrol, and you pay once for the two gas stations. It turns out that your four-liter tank is 6 liters and more. To avoid this, before refueling look at the numbers at the gas station and make sure there all zeros.

Заправка на Шри-Ланке

Now, as for driving on the roads. For most local drivers motorcyclist on the road is not a person, even if it was a camper. There is the national rule - "who has the most bibikalka is right". More (louder) all the "bibikalka" of the buses, and then trucks. Be prepared for the fact that other drivers will get you out into the oncoming lane and to drive you out of the way by flashing lights and an audible signal. Same thing when overtaking: no one pays attention to motorcycles, and when you return to your lane pushes them to the sidelines. In all these cases, don't try to show integrity, and better pull over and give way to anyone you interfere.

Keep in mind that standard travel insurance included in the tour package does not cover driving a moped or motorcycle. This requires you to arrange additional insurance with the option of driving a moped/motorcycle and/or sports that is equivalent to driving two wheelers. To compare the cost of travel insurance options from different insurance companies and place it online are these trusted sites:

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admin 10 November, 2019

What is the link? ...
Светлана123456 15 January, 2020
The most important thing is not specified in the description - distance from the airport. ...
admin 15 January, 2020

Hello Svetlana! Thanks for the comment, but it is not quite clear what the distance, if you update, be sure to add. ...
mextto 28 January, 2020
Good afternoon. Going in February to Kalpitiya in the hotel's LAGOON CHALETS DEV SETH. Do you have any info on this hotel. Unfortunately couldn't find anything in Russian. Want to hear the opinion of our countrymen. Thank you ...
admin 28 January, 2020

Well on booking this hotel the reviews are very well quoted, so all is good. Only place there is a real wilderness in the square. ...
Владимир123344545 February 2, 2020

need an international driver's license. if the mind, somewhere else, must assure. I rented a car, stopped, showed the right and had no problems. a moped with no problems, if chase had just called around. if not And prepare a money. If stopped by a cute smile, don't be rude, pretend you don't understand. Rights without categories And it is better not to show at all. Agree on the fine on the spot, the size of which depends on your abania and the greed of the COP. And generally be careful on the roads, Beware of the BUSES!!!! ...
admin 3 February, 2020
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Polynkin 8 February, 2020

We are currently staying here and your hotel next to us! The hotel is great! Better than our 10 times) with the house on the lagoon for kiters, you can walk on the ocean-about 300 meters)) ...
Alexey Kiev 8 February, 2020
My wife was in Ceylon about the year 2012... in Kalutara.
Four stars - with Breakfast-dinner, beautiful kitchen and even a piano-pianist. From wandering through the territory of the lizards and chipmunks in the bushes. NO MONKEYS!!!
The tour was taken at the reception - minibus with air-condition, four (together with us) tourists 10 seats in the cabin. Visit tea plantations, stone Siguiri, different monasteries, overnight in Kandy, the Royal Palace, Botanical garden, elephant trekking and extreme return in the night in a hotel during a tropical storm and flooding!!! The guide was our driver.
Amazing culture, tragic history of the Royal dynasty, charming nature, unique Souvenirs from craftsmen, gold people, almost understandable for Ukrainians Sanskrit.
Of the shortcomings - a problem with alcohol... not even beer to buy hard liquor only in the supermarket and very expensive, local landmark, home purchased in Duty - Red Rum - muck rare!!! ...
admin 9 February, 2020

Alex, I disagree about the beer and alcohol. No problem everything can be found, you just need the right look, there are restrictions of course. All about alcohol I wrote in a separate article, be sure to read all tourists before the trip on SHL - https://nashaplaneta.net/asia/srilanka/art-shri-lanka-alkogol-i-cigarety. ...